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Dundrum, Round Tower Restaurant

MY QUEST for The Ulster Restaurant with the Best View as a new contender in Dundrum that rivals Portaferry's Exploris Café, Enniskillen's Killyhevlin Hotel and the Castle Espie Tearoom for the finest panorama from the plate. Dundrum's Round Tower restaurant, just visible on the shoreline off the Newcastle, has a trewly spectacular vista of the Mournes and the teeming wildlife of the Inner Bay. What's more, the quality of the food and service has the edge on the other current contenders,so this is my top choice for those who seek a feast for the eye as well as the palate.

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St Georges Market

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I WAS on American television the other night (story below), and on Radio Ulster the same week, which is remarkable only insofar as I usually break out in an anxiety rash at the very sight of a microphone. I told Jackie Neill, the super-efficient producer of The Saturday Magazine, that I was due to undergo surgery for skin cancer a few hours after making the recording for her programme. She didn't believe me when I confessed it was the prospect of stumbling over my script in the studio that had given me a sleepless night - not the prospect of the surgeon's scalpel. But it was true.

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From Happy To Horrendous

WHAT A MONTH of travel experiences I have had - from Horrendous Events to Happy Endings, with nothing to do with the weather, you will be pleased to know if you are as bored as I am with the snow stories of the recent past.

I will get the bad news out of the way first: I was leaving a quaint old restaurant on the Latin Quarter of Paris, when a sudden excruciating pain in my lower spine made it almost impossible for me to crawl into the waiting taxi (Sounds like the beginning of a very bad novel…)

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Our Chelsea girls steal the show

WHAT A SUMMER! So many great things have happened so far to me that it's hard to pick out highlights that I can pass on to readers as recommendations for the future.

'Pick of the bunch' is the highly appropriate floral metaphor which applies to the two events which were outstanding, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London and the more modest - but no less enjoyable in its own way - Garden Festivel Ireland in Hillsborough.

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Jerusalem

THEY SAY that you never feel the same again after a visit to Jerusalem. All I know is that I found a great sense of uplift as I experienced its multi-textured appeal - from ancient walls, magnificent museums and places of pilgrimage, to modern malls and palaces of pleasure.

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